The reigning theory underlying cardiovascular disease, the lipid hypothesis, suffered a defeat this week at the hands of the inflammatory hypothesis when canakinumab, a human monoclonal antibody that targets interleukin-1β  was shown to reduce cardiovascular events in the absence of lipid lowering.
1. A Herpes vaccine is a lot more tricky than it may seem, given the number of people who have it, and have had it for thousands of years. A film crew for a documentary tentatively titled "Patient Zero" visited the office to interview medicinal chemistry expert Dr. Josh Bloom, due to his series of articles on three competing vaccines jockeying to solve this problem.
The FDA has just approved a reformulation of amantadine for the treatment of Parkinson's Disease, and it is a significant step forward.
Researchers describe wild cattle on Amsterdam Island in the southern Indian Ocean that lost about 25% of their body size in just over 100 years.
So we all know that there's good and bad cholesterol (HDL and LDL respectively). And if we want to avoid certain types of heart and circulatory problems, we want to lower the bad and raise the good. But how high is high enough? And is it possible to get the good type too high? If the results of a recent study are confirmed, yes, having too high a level of HDL cholesterol won't help your heart.
Who among us hasn’t chuckled at a television prescription drug ad when it ventures into a litany of wide-ranging potential side effects like anal leakage to erections lasting more than four hours? With direct-to-consumer (DTC) marketing today, product overstatements of health benefits with simultaneous minimization of possible harms has become the norm. The FDA wants to change that.
It's not a new idea that one relatively easy way to eliminate calories is to refrain from adding sugar, whenever possible, to foods and drinks we consume. And trimming it from coffee consumption is an obvious place to start.
But once that choice is made, the next issue is: What's the best way to adapt to a reduced-sugar or sugar-free cup, to ensure that the change will become permanent? Eliminating the sweetener over time, or cutting it out "cold turkey" in one fell swoop?
Gwyneth Paltrow's lifestyle company, Goop, may think that the products they sell are helpful but others disagree. The controversy has evolved into a formal complaint filed against Goop - a move that starts the legal ball rolling down Goop's vaginal egg lined path.
America's love affair with coffee bubbled to the surface in 2013 when nitrogen-infused coffee made its appearance in Oregon. Nitro-coffee? Is this a silly fad, or is there some science behind it? Let this article percolate for a while and you'll see.
A recent issue of Nature featured an article entitled Large-scale physical activity data reveal worldwide activity inequality. I admit two things drew me to the article, the data, and the term inequality. First, let’s consider how and what they found. Rather than relying on self-reported estimates or wearable sensors, the data, on walking, was derived from the pedometers (actually accelerometers) found in smartphones. Your iPhone can indeed be used for research.
Imagine a world where a blood test, as easy as checking for high cholesterol, could give you an answer regarding whether or not you have cancer.
In its latest weekly report, the CDC details the case of a woman from Arizona who died from tularemia, a rare disease that she acquired from her dog.
Enough already! Please stop with the avocado stories I'm begging you. Fine, the damn things contain a lot of folic acid, which may or may not cause or prevent cancer, keep your hair from turning gray, and may be contributing to the demise of the English language. And it's all about the biochemistry of endogenous formaldehyde. Prepare to be confused.
Harvard's Continued Embrace of Integrative Medicine Finds a Partner and a New Conflict of Interest
The literature is filled to overflowing with 'publish or perish" articles, how do we know what to read? Well, the same people that brought you so, so many articles have a curated solution to your current awareness overload.
Mergers may be a great business decision, but they may not be great for society. If the EU is not distracted by politics and anti-GMO activists -- and if it is able to focus solely on the economic pros and cons of a merger -- it is engaging in appropriate regulatory oversight. But that's a big "if."
Cancer immunotherapy is generating a level of excitement in the medical and scientific community, the likes of which are unprecedented. One scientist's research on HIV led him to consider using the HIV virus to kill cancer cells. Cancer immunotherapy could very possibly be the cure for cancer.
A fascinating presentation is taking place today in Stockholm, and the subject is the neurological brain damage suffered by Muhammad Ali over the course of his legendary boxing career.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently reversed a 2014 U.S. District Court ruling that affirmed patients had a reasonable expectation of privacy with respect to their prescription records and mandated a court order be required before allowing federal agents the ability to obtain such data. The medical consequences are unfavorable.
Whether you end up a multi-millionaire for life or lose all your winnings and become homeless within the first year of winning the lottery is already predetermined — by your disposition. So if you buy a ticket for this week's Powerball, ask yourself first, "Am I a negative Nancy or a positive Pete?"